New Day Beginning

A weekly reflection from along the Pilgrim Path. This week Fr La is reflecting on ‘New Day Beginning’

Fr La reflects –

Here is where it all began: Saints Island,

an out-of-the-way corner of God’s creation,

at this furthest point along the Path.

Here Davog found a place where he could be at home

with himself and with his God.

The first of January was a day sacred to his memory.


On the island, outlines of enclosures reveal all that remains

of the monastery that for a thousand years

recalled St Davog as its founding father,

where generations of pilgrims found hospitality

on their journey to St Patrick’s Purgatory.


At the end of the Path, near a cross of shining steel,

stones in the water mark the beginning of a causeway

that once carried a wooden bridge across to the island.

We pause and ponder here,

and hope for safe crossing on our pilgrim way

into a new year and a new beginning.

Fr La Flynn




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